Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

Malaysia

Email: suaram@suaram.net

Website: http://www.suaram.net

Tel: +60-377835724 Fax: +60-377843526

Contact person:
Sevan Doraisamy (Executive Director): ed@suaram.net

About:

In 1987, Malaysia witnessed one of its darkest moments in its history when Operasi Lalang was unleashed. The crackdown resulted in 106 persons being detained without trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA). Not only did this cause grave distress to the detainees and their family members, Operasi Lalang also generated a sense of indignation among many Malaysians who uphold human rights. After their release, several of these ISA detainees and their family members, lawyers, and social activists came together in 1989 to found Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) with the vision to protect and promote human rights to realise a society that is just, equal, and democratic.

SUARAM is a non-governmental organisation established in 1989 to monitor and advocate for the respect of human rights in Malaysia. Through its consistent and uncompromising work, it has established itself as one of the key human rights organisations, one to which Malaysians turn for information and support.

Area of work:

SUARAM defends all aspects of human rights, especially: the right to trial, freedom from abuse of police powers and law enforcement agencies; freedom of expression and information; freedom of assembly and association; freedom of religion; the rights of minorities, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and trafficked persons; and democracy.

Main lines of work:

• Right to trial – campaign against arbitrary detention and detention without trial, including support to victims and family members,
• Right to justice – campaigning for accountability of the police and other enforcement agencies, especially the setting up of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission
(IPCMC) and custodial death cases,
• Documentation & Monitoring – monitoring, documenting and researching violations of human rights in Malaysia, including the annual publication of the Human Rights Report,
• Local governance – campaigning for local democracy and good governance, especially for local council elections, freedom of information, and anti-corruption, and
• Refugee protection – providing assistance and protection to individual refugees and asylum seekers. Also, campaigning for the recognition of refugees and Government policy changes in the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

Address:

No. 433A, Jalan 5/46, Gasing Indah, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia